California Arts Council – Proposal Delays Due to Fires and Power Outages

The California Arts Council is accepting requests for extension of deadlines for applicants who are affected by fire or power outages. Details are provided below. For those principal investors who need to request an extension, send email with the information requested, below, to In addition to the information requested by CAC, provide the following information for internal use: Administering … Read More

National Science Foundation Updates

This week the National Science Foundation made two important announcements: The following enhancements to are available as of June 24, 2019: Capability to prepare and submit collaborative proposals with subawards. Additional flexibilities for PDF uploads. Support for PDF generated from LaTeX source documents. Compliance checks for fonts and font sizes. While FastLane is still available for preparation and submission … Read More

NIH eRA Commons Login Error

On or about February 19, 2019, a number of NIH eRA Commons passwords were expired due to a security upgrade. We are just over 120 days since this occurred, and those same user passwords have now expired without warning. As a result, when users attempt to login, they receive an error message which is unclear because it does not mention … Read More

NSF Systems Modernization

NSF is soliciting feedback from FastLane and users as part of their multi-year initiative to modernize the foundation’s proposal submission and grants management systems. Some of you may have received the email below. While it refers to PIs and SPOs, a number of the questions are relevant to other users. Therefore, we have been asked to distribute it, widely, … Read More

HHS Salary Cap Update

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 115-245, signed into law on September 28, 2018, restricts the amount of direct salary which may be paid to an individual under Health and Human Services grants, cooperative agreements, and applicable contracts to a rate no greater than Executive Level II of the Federal Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 6, 2019, the Executive … Read More

Revised EPASS Form

The EPASS has been modified to revise the question: “Does this project involve activities outside the U.S. or partnership with International Collaborators, whether or not funded?” to read as follows: “Does this project involve activities outside the U.S. or partnership with International Collaborators, whether funded or not funded? If yes, list country(ies) in the Remarks section.” Effective immediately, you should … Read More

NSF Resumption of Operations

The National Science Foundation has established a Resumption of Operations at NSF website which includes Important Notice No. 145, Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation, dated January 28, 2019, as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement-related policy and systems issues. This page will be continuously updated in the coming days, so NSF researchers, reviewers, … Read More

Partial Federal Government Shutdown Update – NASA

As the partial government shutdown continues, we have updated information from NASA. A general announcement on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) site indicates that all NSPIRES functionality and help desk support will be unavailable if the shutdown extends past January 31. An amendment to the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and … Read More

Partial Shutdown of Federal Government

As you are aware, a partial government shutdown has continued into the new year. While Department of Health and Human Services (includes NIH), Department of Defense, Department of Energy and the Department of Education are funded; others such as NSF, NASA, NOAA, USDA, NIST, and NEH are not. The following is a summary of information from our government partners and … Read More

OCGA – Winter Holiday Closure

The Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA) will observe the UCLA Winter Holiday Closure that begins on Saturday, December 22, 2018. As such, OCGA will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 21, 2018 and will reopen at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. To ensure timely review and processing of sponsored project activities, applications and related documents … Read More